Personality clash

November 29, 2011

ONE way or another, I’ve worked with Peter Spencer for seven years. I can confirm he’s very enthusiastic about sport. So enthusiastic, in fact, that he once texted me at 6.57am with some story ideas for the next day’s Manchester Evening News. Let’s just say that I didn’t respond straight away. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: A long way from Carlisle

November 28, 2011

GRANT HOLT once gave an interview to Cumbria Life magazine in which he stated that his childhood dream had been to play for Carlisle United, his home-city club. Perhaps it’s as well it has never happened. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: What’s so funny ’bout horoscopes, maths and Elvis Costello?

November 20, 2011

I WENT into journalism despite a warning from Elvis Costello. He tells a story about a time he was on a train when a woman sitting opposite him picked up a newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »


Classic Last on MOTD: The games you’ll never see again

November 14, 2011

IF anyone ever produces a DVD tribute to former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, it really ought to include a few clips of his efforts as an emergency goalkeeper against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 1990. But it won’t – because no footage exists. Read the rest of this entry »


Another article about poppies

November 12, 2011

ACTUALLY, before I start on about the poppy fiasco and the unwanted side-effects of media campaigning: a confession. If there is to be an award for the least successful newspaper campaign of 2011, it should probably go to me. Read the rest of this entry »


Last on MOTD: The heart-wrenching tale of Sad Puppy

November 6, 2011

I’M not a superstitious person. Not for me the rituals of touching wood, putting a horseshoe above the door, saying ‘white rabbits’ on the first of the month or forwarding chain e-mails that tell me I’ll be struck down if I fail to pass them on to 100,000 people in the next five minutes. Read the rest of this entry »


There goes the fear

November 5, 2011

BLACKPOOL manager Ian Holloway has been feeling under the weather of late. That’s right. Ian Holloway, the least under-the-weather man in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »